The Boston Red Sox and David Ortiz have finally agreed a one-year deal worth $16 million for 2015, reports CBS Sports.
The 17 major-league veteran was the star of the show in 2013 world series as he helped the Red Sox to their third title in a decade, all of which have been won with Ortiz.
Ortiz, 38, continues to defy his age and is still producing effective form with the bat. In fact since turning 35 his stats of .311/.401/.571 surpass his career stats of .287/.381/.549.
Both the Red Sox and Big Papi have been discussing a new deal for next season for a while and there were even reports that a multi-year deal was on the table at one point. However, concerns over Ortiz's fitness mean one-year deals have been the way to go for some time.
Instead the Red Sox have thrown an option for the 2016 and the 2017 season in the contract as well and may choose to extend the contract based on plate appearances and general wellbeing.
Ortiz was well within his rights to insist on a $20 million contract, such was his contribution to the Red Sox last season, but he eventually agreed for a smaller deal while maintaining peace of mind that he will remain at the franchise he wants to end his career with.
“With this agreement, we have near certainty that David Ortiz will finish his career in a Red Sox uniform, which is something we have all wanted and that we are all proud of,” Red Sox owner John Henry said in a statement released by the team.
“It is difficult to describe David’s contributions to our city both on the field and off the field, and we are so proud to have this ambassador of our game with us as he continues on this road to Cooperstown.”
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